sausage and peppers pasta in a pan
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Sausage and Pepper Pasta

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Sausage and Pepper Pasta is a delicious lightly seasoned dish flavored with garlic and then topped with a pinch of parmesan.

a bowl of sausage and pepper pasta

What could be more simple to put together? A few peppers and sliced sausage tossed into a bed of pasta. For this Sausage and Pepper Pasta, you can use any sort of pasta you love. I like to also use penne and bow tie pasta for this combination. Especially when making this for kids. They seem to love the bow ties most. But whichever pasta type you decide on. The flavors of this dish are sure to be satisfying.

It was many years ago when my little sisters would visit our house and request this dish. Coming in hungry from the pool I’d make them this easy pasta dish. It’s filling, easy, and flavorful. Every time I make it, I think of those times. Isn’t it funny how food can have such a powerful memory attached to it?

This pasta certainly has those for me.

This simple summer-style pasta comes back around each change of the season. During the warmer months, I tend to cook less and find simpler dishes to prepare. Gone are the hardier simmering soups on the stovetop. And in their place are lighter, fresher options. Although this is a pasta dish, it is not one with heavy cream or meat sauces. It pairs lovely with a glass of white wine and is one that kids seem to enjoy as well.

If you are looking for more summer-style eating be sure to try this Fresh Dill Potato Salad or this Roasted Sweet Corn with Basil. Both of which are fresh options for the summer table. If you just so happen upon this recipe during a cooler season. Check out this Shepherd’s Pie with Sausage.

Why I Love This Sausage and Pepper Pasta

This pasta is lightly seasoned with just the right amount of saltiness from the sausage while also getting bites of peppers throughout. I love making this pasta for simple meals that can take me under 30 minutes to get on the table. The ability to chop the veggies and cook the sausage in the time it takes to boil the noodles. Allows me to make a nice dinner without any complications. I also love that aside from the noodles boiling, this meal takes one pan to cook everything. Not to mention it is free from heavy cream or tomato based sauces that normally accompany a pasta dish.

What You’ll Need To Make Sausage and Pepper Pasta

2 extra large bell peppers (red, orange or yellow preferably)

1 lb package linguine noodles (or your favorite pasta)

2 tbsp garlic minced

3/4’s of a lb or 3 cups (smoked or polish)

2 tbsp butter

olive oil

1/2 cup of the pasta water (saved)

grated parmesan cheese to garnish (optional)


In a large pot bring water to a boil and cook noodles according to package directions, set aside.

water in a pot for boiling noodles

Slice sausages and bell peppers into bite sized pieces. Mince garlic cloves.

chopped garlic, sausage and peppers on a cutting board
sliced sausages cooking in a skillet

Begin browning sausage for about one minute before adding the peppers. If using a lean sausage it’s a good idea to add a drizzle of olive oil to the pan before adding the sausage and veggies.

stirring sausages and peppers in a skillet
sausages and peppers in a pan

When sausages are browned and peppers are cooked, add the butter.

Allow it to melt and then add the garlic. Let the garlic cook for about 30 seconds making sure not to let it burn.

sausages and peppers cooking in a pan

Add the cooked noodles to the pan. Toss until the veggies, and sausages are thoroughly combined. Pour in some of the pasta water to help create a simple sauce. Garnish with the parmesan if desired.

sausage and pepper pasta being tossed in a pan
sausage and pepper pasta in a pan

FAQ for Sausage and Pepper Pasta

Do green bell peppers work for this recipe?

Yes, and I have many times used them in place of the colored. But I do prefer the sweetness of the color bell peppers in combination with the salty sausage.

Can I use jarred minced garlic?

Yes, jarred garlic works fine for this recipe. Use the same rules as using fresh in making sure not to burn the garlic.

What is the pasta water for?

The pasta water not only adds a touch of flavor but helps to create a bit of moisture so that the pasta doesn’t stick together and dry out.

Is this pasta good to reheat for leftovers?

I always save our leftovers for the next day. To reheat you can either use a microwave. How I reheat this pasta is I add a drizzle of olive oil to a cast iron skillet. Heat on low and add the contents to the pan. Stirring it as it heats. If you find the pasta has dried out in the fridge. You can add a tbsp or two of butter as it heats if needed. Garnish with parmesan and serve.

Cooking Tips for Sausage and Pepper Pasta

  • Don’t add the garlic too soon or it will burn. Make sure to add it when the sausage slices and peppers are cooked through.
  • Use Polish, or smoked sausage. They work best for this recipe.
  • Salt your pasta water.
  • I use salted butter. If you use unsalted be sure to add additional salt as needed for the dish.

Serving Suggestions for Sausage and Pepper Pasta

  • Serve alongside your favorite green salad
  • Garlic bread is a great option if serving a crowd. It’s filling and a nice pairing for this pasta dish.
  • A roasted veggie like this Roasted Asparagus or Brussel sprouts.
  • A fresh basil and mozzarella salad always pairs nicely with any sort of pasta.

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sausage and peppers pasta in a pan

Sausage and Pepper Pasta Recipe

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

A lightly seasoned pasta with bits of sausage, peppers and garlic


  • 3/4 lb or 3 cups of sausage (smoked or Polish)
  • 2 extra large bell peppers (red, yellow, orange preferably)
  • 1 lb spaghetti or linguine-style pasta
  • 2 tbsp garlic diced
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup pasta water (saved)
  • olive oil
  • Shredded or grated Parmesan cheese (optional)


  1. In a large pot bring water to a boil and cook noodles according to package directions, set aside.
  2. Slice sausages and peppers into bite-sized pieces.
  3. In a large skillet begin browning the sausage for about a minute or so before adding the peppers. If using a lean sausage it's a good idea to add a drizzle of olive oil to the pan before adding the sausage and veggies.
  4. Once browned add the butter to the skillet along with the garlic.
  5. Cook for about 30 seconds being careful not to burn the garlic.
  6. Toss the noodles directly into the pan.
  7. Garnish with parmesan (optional)
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 465Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 743mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 16g

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